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15 августа, 14:26

Should we stop calling rape victims 'survivors'? | Moira Donegan

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Michelle Bowdler’s superb book Is Rape a Crime? questions the conventions of the ‘rape story’Michelle Bowdler doesn’t want you to call her a rape “survivor”. “I don’t love the word ‘victim’ but I disdain the word ‘survivor’,” she tells me over Zoom, sitting in her red-walled study. She thinks the word survivor implies resolution to an event whose repercussions are in fact often lifelong, and that the use of “survivor” rather than “victim” tends to obscure a woman’s pain in favor of pat triumph. Survivor is a word that often seems aimed more towards honoring other people’s feelings than a woman’s dignity. “I do feel strongly that people use it to make their own discomfort go away,” she says.Bowdler’s new book, Is Rape A Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation and a Manifesto, is an invitation to dwell in the discomfort that rape stories cause us. She proceeds from her experience of being raped by two armed strangers who broke into her Boston apartment one summer night in 1984. The book follows her in the aftermath, winding through the unfeeling bureaucracies of the hospital and the police and the claustrophobic, torturous experience of PTSD. Bowdler dwells on the continued indignity of rape victims’ status as objects of moral curiosity, alternately rendered invisible or tainted as damaged and pathetic. When, after decades of keeping her rapes mostly to herself, she began disclosing them, the looks of concern and worry on people’s faces “felt intolerable to me”, she says. “But I did it anyway. I felt like it was important to name it.” Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:10

A-levels row: Oxford college to honour all offers despite results

Worcester College move comes as thousands of Oxbridge alumni call on others to follow suit An Oxford college said it will accept all students with offers regardless of their A-level results, as thousands of Oxbridge alumni call on others to show equal “kindness and generosity” to downgraded pupils.Laura Ashe, the tutor for admissions at Worcester College, Oxford, said it had decided to honour all UK offers this year because it is the “morally right thing to do”. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:00

Each week Bejing's message to Hong Kong gets clearer: we can do what we like | Ilaria Maria Sala

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Publisher Jimmy Lai’s arrest shocked Hongkongers, but since the anti-sedition law they’ve entered uncharted watersOn Monday, 10 August, Hong Kong woke up to the startling news of the arrest of Jimmy Lai, the 71-year-old publisher of Apple Daily, the only pro-democracy high-circulation newspaper in the territory. As the day progressed, more arrests linked to Lai and his businesses were carried out (including that of his two sons), and hundreds of police officers entered the paper’s headquarters. Much as Hong Kong has had to get used to shocking news, such an open move against a major media outlet was unexpected, as was the arrest of pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow, 23, also escorted from her home handcuffed by police. It all seems to be too much and too fast, but ever since the national security law against secession, sedition and terrorism was imposed on Hong Kong by the central government in Beijing on 30 June, the city has entered uncharted waters.And while Hong Kong has been relatively spared from the worst disasters of the pandemic, for months now there have been serious limitations on how much people can gather – to discuss what is happening or protest against it. The draconian law has been imposed from above, hastily approved and supported by the local government without any space for public debate. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:00

Swimming with sharks – off Pembrokeshire

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You don’t need to travel to the Caribbean or Indian Ocean for an exotic experience – there are fantastic big beasts off the coast of WalesWhen I lived in London, I never went to the Tower. A Madrileño I met claimed never to have entered the Prado. There are Cairenes, I’m sure, who keep meaning to visit the Pyramids. I know I’m not alone in often ignoring what is in my own backyard. The attractions of faraway always seem more alluring. But with the Covid crisis we have all become aware of how important it is to look for the treasure under our noses. That’s why I’m on a fishing boat heading out of the tiny Pembrokeshire port of Dale with oceanographer Richard Rees and skipper Andy, plus several excited – and slightly apprehensive – photographers and divers. The group is a little diminished to keep social distance.Andy has been sailing these waters off the Welsh coast all his life, mostly ferrying anglers out to the rich feeding grounds 30 miles offshore. We are on a mission to see, and swim with, marine creatures that most people, including myself, associate with more distant, exotic locations. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:00

Chicago 1968: glimpses of when the Democrats met amid a summer of unrest

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The Democratic national convention took place amid protests about the Vietnam war, a police riot and a looming flu pandemicEvery four years in the US, political parties convene to nominate their respective candidates for November’s presidential election.The conventions are historically grandiose affairs with a circus-like atmosphere. Speeches are given, balloons are dropped and the party message of uniting behind their candidate is beamed to the nation. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:00

For Manhattan's retail industry normal may never return

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Brands and restaurants have decided the city’s sky-high rents are just too expensive for them‘It’s the worst I’ve seen’: London’s West End struggles to bounce backOn a damp and humid Thursday afternoon Manhattan’s Union Square is looking sorry for itself. There’s 73,000 sq ft of empty retail space up for grabs at 44 Union Square in the now boarded up neo-Georgian landmark that was once Tammany Hall. There’s more space to rent on the opposite corner and the neighbouring thoroughfares, Broadway and Fifth Avenue, some of New York’s retail arteries. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 14:00

Classical home listening: Falla from Mexico City, Elgar from Berlin

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The Orchestra of the Americas is on sizzling form, while Daniel Barenboim celebrates 70 years of concert life with another great Elgar recording• Spanish by birth, drawn to the musical sensibilities of France, Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) combined diverse passions in his scores: from early church music to folk song, zarzuela and splashes of European avant garde. In Paris he encountered Debussy, Ravel, Diaghilev and Stravinsky. Steeped in these influences, he fled back to Madrid in 1914 at the start of war. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 13:30

Liam Charles' recipe for honey-cinnamon baked peaches with thyme mascarpone

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Not many recipes pack as much flavour punch for so few ingredients as this herby, creamy, grilled dessertI don’t eat peaches often, but when I do, oh my … Their sweet, fleshy fruit is so versatile, and pairs well with lots of ingredients – sweet, savoury, spicy and herbaceous. That’s why I created this recipe. It’s outrageously simple, but the flavours are crazy. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 13:26

Coronavirus UK map: the latest deaths and confirmed Covid cases

Latest figures from public health authorities on the spread of Covid-19 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Find out how many confirmed cases have been reported in each local authorityPlease note: Cases data for the 13th August is not available from Public Health England (see notice), it will be updated as soon as it is published.These are government figures on numbers of confirmed cases – some people who report symptoms are not being tested, and are not included in these counts. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 13:15

Thai king commutes Myanmar men's death sentence over Britons' murder

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were found guilty of killing Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in 2014Two men on death row for the murder of a pair of British backpackers in Thailand have had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment after a mass royal pardon.The men’s lawyer, Nadthasiri Bergman, said the pardon decree – which was published on Friday and applies to all inmates on death row – was effective immediately. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 13:00

From 'alert' to 'zoom': Steven Poole's lexicon of lockdown

From ‘Covid-secure’ offices to healthcare ‘heroes’ bracing for a new ‘wave’, the language around coronavirus is infected with political rhetoricThe word “alert” comes from the Italian “all’erta”, literally “at a high place”, describing a military watch or guard duty. The UK government’s advice to “stay alert” in order to “control the virus” therefore implied that it would be easier to spot an invisible microbe if one were standing on a hill. Perhaps the underlying motivation for this much-ridiculed slogan was that it set the rhetorical scene for future spikes in deaths to be blamed on the people themselves. Did you die of Covid-19? Too bad: you weren’t alert enough. Survival of the fittest, and all that. Continue reading...

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15 августа, 13:00

Bryant Terry's recipes for warm vegan salads

The award-winning US vegan chef celebrates plant-based cooking with three cooked saladsSmoky roasted peppers provide a bright contrast to the delicate, buttery flavour of big lima beans in this dish. The pili pili oil adds the subtlest kick – you’ll notice it, but it doesn’t overpower. Peppery rocket adds freshness, and a squeeze of lemon brightens everything. Continue reading...